4th Annual Symposium: RNA Science and Its Applications

March 17, 2017

Symposium Topics, Keynote Speakers and Session Chairs:  Symposium Schedule 

Session 1: mRNA Therapeutics: Processing and Targeting Chair:  Erik Sontheimer, RNA Therapeutics Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester

Erick Somtheimer on behalf of Melissa J. Moore, PhD (keynote) – Cheif Scientific Officer, mRNA Research Platform, Moderna Therapeutics; Eleanor Eustis Farrington Chair of Cancer Research, Co-Director RNA and Neuro Therapeutics Institutes (RTI, NTI), University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester 
Kristen Lynch, PhD – Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Session 2:  RNA Trafficking, Signaling, and Imaging Chair:  Tom Gingeras, Professor and Head of Functional Genomics, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Maria Barna, PhD (keynote)Assistant Professor, Departments of Developmental Biology and Genetics, Stanford School of Medicine
Mikala Egeblad, PhD – Associate Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 

Session 3:  lncRNAs and Therapeutic Applications Chair Bijan Dey, PhD, Principal Investigator, The RNA Institute, University at Albany
Jeanne B. Lawrence, PhD
(keynote) Professor & Interim Chair, Dept. of Cell & Developmental Biology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester

Session 4:  RNA Structure Informs Function Chair:  Marlene Belfort, Distinguished Professor, Interim Director, The RNA Institute, University at Albany

Tom Steitz, PhD (keynote)Nobel Laureate co-prize recipient in Chemistry (2009), Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry at Yale University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator 
Denis LJ Lafontaine, PhD – Professor and Research Director, F.R.S./FNRS Université Libre de Bruxelles, and co-founder and co-director of the Center for Microscopy and Molecular Imaging

Registration Rates

  • Student $55
  • Postdoc $90
  • All others $120

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017 IS THE LAST DAY TO REQUEST A REFUND (this applies to all parts of the symposium including the workshops – no exceptions)

  • The registration portal will close the evening of Wednesday, March 15th 
  • Registration will continue the morning of Friday, March 17, 2017 in person only at the registration table in the Performing Arts Center Lobby 
  • Special payment requests must be made and confirmed via email by Lisset Drislane no later than Wednesday, March 15th 5:00pm EST (no exceptions)

Oral and Poster Presentations:  

  • All presenters have been notified 
  • Poster awards presented at cocktail reception immediately following symposium
  • Poster dimensions should not exceed 3ft wide X 4ft high and be in a portrait orientation 
  • Poster set-up is March 17th from 7:00 – 8:30am in the Campus Center Ballroom
  • Poster session I (Odd Number Presenters 12:00-1:00pm)
  • Poster session II (Even Number Presenters 1:00-2:00pm)

Concurrent Workshops March 15-16, 2017, 8:30am-5:00pm
(NOTE: The ‘Epitranscriptome Analysis’ workshop begins at 6:00pm on March 15, 2017)

  • Epitranscriptome analysis of RNA modifications at attomole level: Special Guest Hosts:  Doug Postl, LCMS Product Specialist, Agilent Technologies and Steven Davis, UAlbany Molecular Genetics PhD candidate (full schedule TBA – ASAP) 

This workshop instructs participants how to prepare RNA samples for identifying RNA modifications using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (LCMS). In addition, participants will learn how to operate LCMS instrumentation for RNA modification quantification and how to process the data for analysis. You are welcome to bring your own sample for analysis. Contact Steven Davis>for sample requirements.

This workshop instructs participants how to detect microRNA using DNA nanoswitches and standard gel electrophoresis. Participants will learn how to prepare, purify, and use the nanoswitches, and how to analyze the data. Please contact Dr. Halvorsen directly if you are interested in using your own microRNA sample in the workshop.

                This workshop provides a combination of interactive and hands-on activities focused on the use of 
                atomistic simulations to help interpret single-molecule FRET and SHAPE structural studies of RNA. RNA
                scientists at all levels are encouraged to attend even if they have little or no prior simulation 
                experience as a general overview will be provided in the morning session, followed by hands-on
                tutorials on running and visualizing simulations in the afternoon sessions. Contact Dr. Chen for 
                additional information.

Accommodations:  Room block available at the Hilton Garden Inn for $115/night – please call the hotel to inquire about remaining availability of The RNA Institute block                        
The Hilton is within walking distance of the university and shuttle service to campus will be available 
Additional Hotels: All are walking distance from the shuttle stop at the Hilton 

  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott Albany University Area  (518) 435-1800
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott Albany University Area (518) 435-1900
  • CrestHill Suites SUNY University Albany (518) 454-0007
  • Courtyard by Marriott Albany Thruway (518) 435-1600

Shuttle Bus Service: Available between the UAlbany campus and the Hilton Garden Inn Shuttle BusSchedule

Parking: Available on the UAlbany campus on March 17 at no charge for all symposium attendees in State Student Lot (off East University Drive) 
              No permit is required and no tickets will be issued ONLY for the designated lot 
              The RNA Institute will not be responsible for tickets issued elsewhere on campus – metered parking is avaialble but daily rates will apply

Organizing Committee:  Alan Chen, Joan Curcio, Bijan Dey, Melinda Larsen, Prash Rangan

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